### All Common Core: High School - Functions Resources

## Example Questions

### Example Question #31 : Interpreting Functions

Find the end behavior of function .

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CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.HSF.IF.B.4

For a function that models a relationship between two quantities, interpret key features of graphs and tables in terms of the quantities, and sketch graphs showing key features given a verbal description of the relationship. *Key features include: intercepts; intervals where the function is increasing, decreasing, positive, or negative; relative maximums and minimums; symmetries; end behavior; and periodicity*.*

### Example Question #1 : Function And Graph Relationships: Ccss.Math.Content.Hsf If.B.4

Given the function , find the and intercepts.

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This question is testing one's ability to grasp the relationship between a function algebraically, and the image it creates graphically. Problems like these are considered modeling problems because of their application. For example, the intercepts, extreme values, slope, symmetry, and end behavior for these functions mark key relationships between the inputs and the resulting outputs.

For the purpose of Common Core Standards, application of interpreting functions fall within the Cluster B of the function and use of function notation concept (CCSS.Math.content.HSF-IF.B).

Knowing the standard and the concept for which it relates to, we can now do the step-by-step process to solve the problem in question.

Step 1: Identify what the question is asking.

This particular question is asking for the and intercepts of the function.

Step 2: Determine the approach to solve the problem.

I. Graphically plot the function using computer technology or graphing calculator.

Then, find where the graph intersects the -axis and where it intersects the -axis as these correspond to the intercepts.

II. Algebraically, find the intercepts by substituting in zero for and solving for (calculating the -intercept) and then substituting in zero for and solving for (calculating the -intercept).

Step 3: Choose an approach from Step 2 and perform the necessary actions.

For the purpose of this question let's solve using option II.

To algebraically solve for the -intercept substitute zero in for and solve for . (Recall that )

Perform algebraic operations to combine like terms.

Isolate the variable on one side of the equation by using the opposite operation to move all other constants to the other side.

To algebraically solve for the -intercept substitute zero in for and solve for . (Recall that )

Step 4: Answer question.

Using the algebraic approach, the and intercepts were found to be as follows.

### Example Question #3 : Function And Graph Relationships: Ccss.Math.Content.Hsf If.B.4

Given the graph above of , which intervals represent where is increasing?

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**Correct answer:**

This question is testing one's ability to grasp the relationship between the image a function creates graphically and the intervals where the function is increase, decreasing, positive, or negative. Problems like these are considered modeling problems because of their application. For example, the intercepts, extreme values, slope, symmetry, and end behavior for these functions mark key relationships between the inputs and the resulting outputs.

For the purpose of Common Core Standards, application of interpreting functions fall within the Cluster B of the function and use of function notation concept (CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.HSF-IF.B).

Knowing the standard and the concept for which it relates to, we can now do the step-by-step process to solve the problem in question.

Step 1: Identify what the question is asking.

This particular question is asking for where the function is increasing. It is important to understand that when a function is increasing, the graph exhibits a positive slope.

Step 2: Identify the intervals where the graph is positive (increasing) and where it is negative (decreasing).

Looking at the above graph, there are two intervals where the graph is increasing and one interval where it is decreasing.

As the graph approaches from the left, the values increase. This means that the slope for this section of the graph is positive or increasing; therefore it is one of the intervals where the function is increasing.

Between the values of the values decrease. This means that the slope for this section of the graph is negative or decreasing.

From the value to infinity, the values increase. This means that the slope for this section of the graph is also positive or increasing; therefore it is another one of the intervals where the function is increasing.

Step 3: Answer the question.

is increasing on the intervals .

### Example Question #4 : Function And Graph Relationships: Ccss.Math.Content.Hsf If.B.4

Given the function , find the line of symmetry.

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**Correct answer:**

This question is testing one's ability to grasp the relationship between a function algebraically, and the image it creates graphically. Problems like these are considered modeling problems because of their application. For example, the intercepts, extreme values, slope, symmetry, and end behavior for these functions mark key relationships between the inputs and the resulting outputs.

For the purpose of Common Core Standards, application of interpreting functions fall within the Cluster B of the function and use of function notation concept (CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.HSF-IF.B).

Knowing the standard and the concept for which it relates to, we can now do the step-by-step process to solve the problem in question.

Step 1: Identify what the question is asking.

This particular question is asking for the axis of symmetry for this particular function.

Step 2: Determine the approach to solve the problem.

I. Graphically plot the function using computer technology or graphing calculator.

Then, find the vertical line that splits the graph into two mirrored images. In other words, find the vertical line that is equal to the value of the vertex of the function.

Step 3: Graph the parabola and plot the vertical line that is equal to the value of the vertex.

Step 4: Answer the question.

The vertex is located at the point therefore, the axis of symmetry is at .

### Example Question #5 : Function And Graph Relationships: Ccss.Math.Content.Hsf If.B.4

What is the end behavior of the following function?

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**Correct answer:**

This question is testing one's ability to grasp the relationship between a function algebraically, and the image it creates graphically. Problems like these are considered modeling problems because of their application. For example, the intercepts, extreme values, slope, symmetry, and end behavior for these functions mark key relationships between the inputs and the resulting outputs.

For the purpose of Common Core Standards, application of interpreting functions fall within the Cluster B of the function and use of function notation concept (CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.HSF-IF.B).

Step 1: Identify what the question is asking.

This particular question is asking for the end behavior of the function. This means we will need to examine the graph of the function as the values get larger and larger.

Step 2: Determine the approach to solve the problem.

I. Graphically plot the function using computer technology or graphing calculator.

Then, find the end behavior, values as the values get larger and larger.

Step 3: Interpret the above graph for the end behavior.

Looking at the graph above there appears to be a vertical asymptote and a horizontal asymptote. The vertical asymptote effects the behavior of the graph as the values get close to zero. The horizontal asymptote effects the behavior of the graph as the values gets closer to positive infinity and negative infinity. In other words the horizontal asymptote effects the end behavior of the function. As the values get larger and larger the function values or end behavior of the function approaches zero.

Step 4: Verify the solution algebraically.

Using the algebraic technique, plug in larger values for to see the trend in the function values.

As , since by definition, one divided by a large number becomes an extremely small number close to zero.

Step 5: Answer question.

### Example Question #6 : Function And Graph Relationships: Ccss.Math.Content.Hsf If.B.4

What is the periodicity of the following function ?

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**Correct answer:**

Step 1: Identify what the question is asking.

This particular question is asking for the periodicity of the function

Step 2: Determine the approach to solve the problem.

I. Graphically plot the function using computer technology or graphing calculator.

II. Algebraically solve using the general formula, where

Step 3: Using option II, the algebraic method to solve for the periodicity of the given function.

Therefore the periodicity is

.

### Example Question #7 : Function And Graph Relationships: Ccss.Math.Content.Hsf If.B.4

Find the interval where is decreasing.

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**Correct answer:**

This question is testing one's ability to grasp the relationship between the image a function creates graphically and the intervals where the function is increase, decreasing, positive, or negative. Problems like these are considered modeling problems because of their application. For example, the intercepts, extreme values, slope, symmetry, and end behavior for these functions mark key relationships between the inputs and the resulting outputs.

Step 1: Identify what the question is asking.

This particular question is asking for where the function is decreasing. It is important to understand that when a function is decreasing, the graph exhibits a negative slope.

Step 2: Identify the intervals where the graph is negative (decreasing) and where it is positive (increasing).

Looking at the graph above, it is seen that is negative or decreasing roughly between . Since the specific function is also included in the question we can use algebra along with the initial assumptions made using the graph to solve the problem.

Step 3: Use algebra to find the decreasing interval of the function.

Looking at the possible answer selections, there are only two possible selections that contain two negative values.

Option 1:

Option 2:

Lets convert the fractions into decimals.

Since is closer to negative one the decreasing interval of the function is,

.

### Example Question #8 : Function And Graph Relationships: Ccss.Math.Content.Hsf If.B.4

What is the relative minimum of the function .

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**Correct answer:**

Step 1: Identify what the question is asking.

This particular question is asking for the relative minimum of the function.

Step 2: Determine the approach to solve the problem.

I. Graphically plot the function using computer technology or graphing calculator.

Then, find where the graph reaches its valley.

Step 3: For the purpose of this question let's solve using graphing calculator technology.

Graphing the function results in the following graph.

Looking at the above graph the valley occurs roughly at the point .

Looking at the possible answer choices, there are only two options that contain a positive and value.

Option 1:

Option 2:

Since the values are the same in these two points lets compare the values.

and

Since

is closer to that makes the valley of the function occur at the point, .

### Example Question #9 : Function And Graph Relationships: Ccss.Math.Content.Hsf If.B.4

What is the relative maximum of the following function?

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**Correct answer:**

Step 1: Identify what the question is asking.

This particular question is asking for the relative maximum of the function.

Step 2: Determine the approach to solve the problem.

I. Graphically plot the function using computer technology or graphing calculator.

Then, find where the graph reaches its peak.

Step 3: For the purpose of this question let's solve using graphing calculator technology.

Graphing the function results in the following graph.

Step 4: Trace the function using the graphing calculator to find the coordinates of the peak.

Step 5: Answer the question.

The relative maximum of the function occurs at .

### Example Question #10 : Function And Graph Relationships: Ccss.Math.Content.Hsf If.B.4

Given the following function, find the line of symmetry.

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**Correct answer:**

Step 1: Identify what the question is asking.

This particular question is asking for the axis of symmetry for this particular function.

Step 2: Determine the approach to solve the problem.

I. Graphically plot the function using computer technology or graphing calculator.

Then, find the vertical line that splits the graph into two mirrored images. In other words, find the vertical line that is equal to the value of the vertex of the function.

Step 3: Graph the function and plot the vertical line that is equal to the value of the vertex.

Step 4: Answer the question.

The vertex is located at the point therefore, the axis of symmetry is at .

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